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64391Re: [Z_Scale] Re: D51 Japanese Mikado at show yesterday.

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  • Reynard Wellman
    Feb 6, 2010
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      Hi David,
      I put my D51 thru its paces this morning, across turnouts
      thrown and un-thrown, backwards and forwards, at fast
      speeds and at slow speeds. Have not hauled any equipment
      yet because mine came with the Arnold style coupler mounted
      (though they do provide the awkward AZL type couplers in a
      plastic bag). I prefer the MTL couplers for all my rolling stock,
      so I'll be mounting those to the D51 when time allows.

      The only hiccups occur amidst the MTL turnout frogs which,
      incidentally, is a constant problem for all brands of steam
      locos in these turnouts. But the D51 simply blinks slightly and
      continues on as if nothing had happened. Amazing and
      consistent performance from a new locomotive! I attribute this
      fine performance to the 16 electrical pickups incorporated in
      the design of this product. Flange depth is perfect. Not only
      is this loco gauged correctly, it has a realistic driver appearance
      that makes the Marklin Mikado look toyish (though I still
      love my toyz!)

      I was also delighted to find the loco lighted. It seems that none
      of the other Z steam manufacturers seem to bother with
      illuminating a "top-of-boiler" mounted headlamp which back
      in the old days of HO scale was accomplished by simply
      providing a piece of lumunite plastic up into the projected fixture
      while the grain-of-wheat bulb was buried down in the boiler.
      Tenshodo had the good sense to go ahead with this feature
      nicety. Kudos again for Tenshodo!

      My first impression is that this might very well be the product
      to spur the steam runners to demand better engineering
      from our Z scale manufacturers.

      best regardZ,

      On Feb 6, 2010, at 12:10 AM, David K. Smith wrote:

      > Reynard, I can confirm it has 16-wheel pickup. The drivers all pick
      > up through a pair of thin contact strips embedded in the plastic
      > frame. The tender wheels follow pin-and-cup Kato style trucks, with
      > contact strips embedded in the underframe. The mechanism design is
      > ingenious, and is well suited for bashing into American and other
      > locomotives, although the drivers are of an unusual style. Flanges
      > are fine (2/3 of Marklin's), and there are even brake shoes between
      > the drivers. I could easily envision two of them used to make an
      > articulated, for example. I could see the mechanism chopped down to
      > make an X-6-X as well.
      > --David
      > http://jamesriverbranch.net/
      > http://pinecreekrailroad.net/
      > http://1-220.blogspot.com/
      > --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, Reynard Wellman <micron@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello Robert,
      > > I see that you have already run the D51 and must
      > > say that I am very impressed! I did some comparison
      > > photos of various Z steam locomotives and must
      > > say that the D51 actually does look to be right on scale!
      > > http://www.micronart.com/D51_comparison.html
      > >
      > > Did you say that it has 16 wheel pickups or am I
      > > misreading your post ?!!! That will put all other makers
      > > of Z locos on notice. That's the kind of engineering our
      > > little scale requires because there is not much room
      > > for error at these finer dimensions.
      > >
      > > I will test mine tomorrow for sure! I am prepared to
      > > rescind my idea that this loco is not 1/220. Perhaps
      > > our run-of-the-mill locos are the ones a little out of whack!
      > > This product may very well raise the quality standards and
      > > expectations that we deserve.
      > >
      > > Thanks for your note,
      > > Reynard
      > > http://www.micronart.com
      > > On Feb 5, 2010, at 4:26 PM, pray59_3 wrote:
      > >
      > > > I am overjoyed that everyone is hesitant to order their D51's, as
      > > > they are on sale till the 11th of February, so as each version
      > come
      > > > in stock the next few days, they will be re-priced from 5% off to
      > > > 20% off for SAL shipping bonus, and I will be snapping them up! I
      > > > got 7 so far! haha!
      > > >
      > > > Oh, by the way, they really do look and run beautiful, and that 16
      > > > wheel electrical pickup just hands down trumps ALL OTHER Z SCALE
      > > >
      > > > In fact, this tender electrically wired to a small Marklin steamer
      > > > (non tank versing please) would make it a super smooth runner,
      > even
      > > > if you just leave the tender motor free spinning due to the
      > extra 8
      > > > wheel electrical pickup tender!
      > > >
      > > > Just think if you were able to mount the universal joint to an
      > > > extended motor shaft on the back of the Marklin steamer's motor,
      > > > and have a dual motored loco!
      > > >
      > > > -Robert Ray
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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      > >

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